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Our selection of contact lenses includes disposable soft contact, bifocal/multifocal, toric, and coloured lenses. Whether you wear daily, weekly or monthly disposables, or conventional (vial) lenses, check out our selection of contact lenses at Downtown Optometry, Sault Ste. Marie.
Dr. Lynda Myles will follow up after an initial fitting and make any necessary changes in fit or materials to ensure the best possible fit. Our patients are taught proper contact lens care and receive long-term follow-up to monitor the condition of the lenses and to ensure that proper hygiene is being maintained.
Our lens options can be discussed at an appointment so we encourage you to book a consultation.
We work with some of the leading brands offering quality eye care products. Our recommended brands include:
We provide our patients with contact lens services based on the evaluation of an eye exam. Dr. Myles takes care to provide the services right for your personal vision care.
Disposable contact lenses are extremely popular these days. As an alternative to hard lenses of the past, they are generally considered to be far superior in comfort and wearability. They come in many different varieties, and it is important to know which is best for you. We offer disposable lenses that can either be bi-weekly or monthly disposable and daily disposable.
Monthly and bi-weekly disposable contact lenses require more upkeep than daily disposables, requiring daily cleaning and storage in proper contact lens solution. They are, however, more economical overall, since less material goes into making them and you do not have to buy contact lenses as often. Additionally, they offer the possibility of extended wear, allowing up to 30 days of continuous day and night usage, without needing to take them off.
Daily disposables are more expensive than bi-weekly or monthly lenses but are gaining popularity as a viable alternative because they offer the same crystal clear vision, without the need to ensure proper storage and cleaning at the end of each day. Daily disposables allow contact lens wearers the ability to simply throw away each day's pair of contacts before bed, and open a brand new pair the very next day. Daily disposables also offer better hygiene as they do not need to be washed and re-worn every day thereby reducing the risk of eye infections. Many disposable contact lenses, of all varieties, also offer tints and colours that may accent your natural eye colour or change your eye colour altogether.
Contact lenses are a great alternative to wearing eyeglasses. Each patient is different, with some patients wearing contact lenses only on weekends, special occasions or just for sports. If you opt for contact lens wear, it is very important that the lenses fit properly and comfortably and that you understand contact lens safety and hygiene. A contact lens exam will include a comprehensive eye exam to check for corneal curvature, pupil or iris size, tear film evaluation, as well as your overall eye health, your general vision prescription and then a contact lens consultation and measurement to determine the proper lens fit.
Dr. Lynda Myles always makes sure patients take a regular eye exam to evaluate their overall vision health and then ensures a contact lens test is taken to determine whether you are eligible for getting them fitted. Some people are unable to get contact lenses fitted due to various reasons. Dr. Myles will consult on the options available and what type of lenses will suit your personal needs. We offer pre and post-fitting treatment where we also go over how you should maintain your contact lenses for best results and ensure hygiene is maintained while ensuring your quality of vision is maintained post-fitting. We can explain the benefits of daily disposable and monthly, bi-weekly disposable options at the clinic, and take care in fitting our patient’s contact lenses so that they are comfortable for daily active users.
Bifocal and multifocal lenses benefit older patients with problems like presbyopia, which naturally occurs in people as they age. Multifocal contact lenses give you added freedom over glasses and they allow you to be able to view any direction - up, down and to the sides - with similar vision. People wearing progressive lenses in glasses on the other hand have to look over their glasses if they want to view upwards or into the distance. The most popular version of multifocal contact lenses- simultaneous vision lenses present the distance and near vision zones of the lens at the same time. Typically after a short adjustment period, your eyes learn to utilize the segment of the lens that they need to focus on the desired object and essentially ignore the other.
Just as the name indicates, bifocal lenses are divided into two distinct segments for different vision powers, the first for distance vision and the second for near vision. This enables you to clearly switch your focus from near to far as needed, but your vision will not necessarily be clear in between. The term multifocal lenses can refer to any lenses with multiple powers including bifocals, trifocals or progressive lenses. Non-bifocal multifocal lenses have a range of powers that enable you to constantly adjust your focus to see clearly from up close to far and in between.
Astigmatism is a condition that is caused by an irregular shape of the cornea - the clear part of the eye that covers the iris and the pupil. The cornea is usually smooth, round, and spherical but in an astigmatic eye, the cornea turns into a shape that is not spherical and develops a second curve. One of the primary duties of the cornea is to focus light onto the retina which enables you to see clearly. When the cornea is out of shape and develops two curves, this creates two focal points, therefore, causing blurred vision. Toric contact lenses are designed to correct astigmatism and custom-made to fit the eye of the patient. Rather than having a perfectly spherical surface like standard contact lenses, toric lenses have a more oblong shape made to accommodate the shape of the astigmatic eye. Toric lenses are also designed to stay in place once worn and are a better fit for people with astigmatism. They are available in every wearing schedule from daily disposable to long-term wear. In some cases, you may even find coloured toric contact lenses. Due to the customization required, toric lenses tend to be more expensive and may take more laboratory time to make than traditional lenses.
Dr. Myles offers high-quality contact lens options at Downtown Optonomy. To ensure quality is maintained, Dr. Myles has associated with leasing brands offering quality products.
AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal offers clear vision at all distances with a smooth transition between a wide range of distances and boasts comfort throughout the wearing period.
Biofinity® Multifocal offers monthly replacements and allows focused vision up close, far away and in between. Their lenses are naturally wettable, stay moist and remain comfortable when worn. Bioinfinity lenses are a healthier option allowing adequate oxygen to pass through your eyes.
ACUVUE OASYS® (Multifocal) offers a seamless vision for near and far distances, covering everything in between. They are 2-week lenses and are available as 6 lenses per box and they help minimize the dryness of your eyes by stabilizing the tear film enabling your eyes to maintain moisture.